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Regents Approve Appointment of Ronald Satz
As Provost and Vice Chancellor at UW-Eau Claire
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MAILED: April 9, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — A nationally renowned historian and seasoned academic administrator has been named to lead the academic program of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The appointment of Dr. Ronald Satz as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UW-Eau Claire was approved today (April 9) by the UW System Board of Regents during its monthly meeting in Madison. Satz, who is currently the dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Professional Studies, will begin his duties May 1.
"Dr. Satz is an outstanding teacher, administrator and a nationally recognized scholar of federal Indian policy and treaties. In addition, he brings with him a strong commitment and belief in UW-Eau Claire," said Chancellor Donald Mash. "I believe this is a very strong appointment for our university, and I am enthusiastic about the leadership he will bring, in substance and style, to this outstanding university."
With the selection of a permanent provost, Dr. Thomas Miller, who has been serving as interim provost/vice chancellor, will return to his duties as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Satz will report directly to Mash and serve as a member of his executive staff. As the leader and administrator of the university's academic program, his duties will include oversight of a budget of more than $50 million and leadership of UW-Eau Claire's colleges and schools, which are comprised of 32 academic departments. He also will supervise academic support units such as Athletics, International Education, Records and Registration, Admissions, Academic and Career Services, and the Dean of Students Office.
"I am honored to be appointed to this position," Satz said. "I care deeply about our university — its faculty, staff and students. I will work tirelessly to do all that I can possibly do to assist Chancellor Mash in serving the best interests of the faculty, staff and students of our university."
At UW-Eau Claire Satz is known as an exemplary leader, whose vision and energy are respected throughout the campus. He organized the first Student Research Day, a program that has blossomed into a showcase for the university's student-faculty collaborative research projects. He chaired the team that developed the proposal to the UW System Board of Regents for the creation of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration at UW-Eau Claire. As the founding dean of the College of Professional Studies, he has been administratively responsible for the School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Services, and the School of Nursing as well as 22 centers within those schools. He has served as the academic affairs liaison for the Office of University Research and the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration.
"Ronald Satz will make a superb provost," said Dr. Jack Pladziewicz, a distinguished teacher and scholar at UW-Eau Claire. "He is principled, skilled, experienced, sensitive, honest and committed to helping the faculty and students," Pladziewicz said. "I believe he will be a real advocate for the faculty and work tirelessly to find the resources to help them to be the most productive teachers and scholars they can be. I believe he will be a real asset to the chancellor: a sound, experienced and trustworthy adviser who has the confidence of the faculty and skill and commitment to get things done. Finally, he has the courage to speak honestly and from the heart if something is not right."
A nationally recognized scholar, Satz has served on the editorial board of the American Indian Quarterly and as a consultant on Indian history and treaty rights to several American Indian tribes and to a number of national and regional organizations. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly publications and has secured more than $4.9 million in funding from various federal and corporate sources for academic and research projects. He is a member of six national honor societies, and his biography appears in 14 "Who's Who" publications including The Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian.
In addition to his administrative duties at UW-Eau Claire, Satz has continued to teach courses on American Indian topics on campus and statewide via UW-Extension's Educational Teleconference Network and to serve as a faculty mentor of undergraduate and graduate students.
"He is an extremely challenging teacher whose blend of high expectations and a high level of support teaches students as much about their own potential as it does about course content," said former student J.P. Leary, who also worked with Satz on a number of collaborative projects.
"Dr. Satz taught me a great deal about research methodology while I worked on several exciting projects as a research assistant," said Leary, who works as a consultant to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Satz came to UW-Eau Claire in 1983 from the University of Tennessee at Martin where he had served since 1976 as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and as a member of the board of directors of the University of Tennessee Research Corporation and the board of directors of the University of Tennessee Press. From 1983 to 1994, he served as UW-Eau Claire's dean of Graduate Studies and University Research and concurrently as founding director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, professor of history and director of the Wisconsin Indian History, Culture, and Tribal Sovereignty Research Project.
He received his undergraduate degree in political and social sciences from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965, his master's degree in history from Illinois State University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland in 1972. He received postdoctoral research fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He and his wife, Christa, a media specialist at Putnam Heights Elementary School in Eau Claire, are the parents of two adult children. Ani B. Satz is a J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Law and a Ph.D. candidate in human bioethics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, who will be on fellowship at Princeton University for the 1999-2000 academic year. Jakob S. Satz is a Ph.D. candidate and research fellow in neuroscience at the University of Iowa.

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Updated: July 1, 1999